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Kings of the North by Elizabeth Moon
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Read on March 13, 2012 — I own a copy, read count: 1

I received Kings of the North as part of the Goodreads giveaway. Thank you.


The second in the Paladin's Legacy series and as well written as the first.

Kieri Phelan struggles with the rift that has formed between himself and his grandmother - who is co-ruler and the elven Queen commonly called The Lady. Unless he heals this rift then the land and his people will be at risk and the magical bond, the taig, might cease to exist. But his grandmother, as well as the council, and many others, wish Kieri to take a wife. He's less than willing when it comes to the choices presented to him as they are far too young, or stir nothing in him. Or worse case, a combination of both.

Being half elven himself he has no desire to wed someone who would be a babe to him, and will not take a wife who is unwilling as some choices have been. Such as the two daughters of other lands that are presented to him.

Duke Verrakai, Dorrin, who once served Kieri in a mercenary corp before he took the throne, struggles still with the remains of the blood magic that her kin left behind. Add to that the regalia of crown and more that were found amongst her families things, and she is left struggling to prove herself loyal to Tasia. Though King Mikeli trusts her word, others do not as her family's dark deeds are well known and have left a stain on the name and the land alike.

A beautifully written series, the characters are compelling and the story believable. I'd count this as a must read for those who like epic fantasy, and I look forward to reading the third book in the series.
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